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LIV welcomes former solicitor as new Supreme Court Chief Justice

LIV welcomes former solicitor as new Supreme Court Chief Justice

By LIV Media


The LIV is delighted to welcome the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the first solicitor to take up that role.

Justice Ferguson was a partner at law firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens), working in insolvency and commercial litigation, before she was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court and then the Victorian Court of Appeal.

LIV president Belinda Wilson said: “It is always pleasing to see a solicitor promoted to the Bench, and we are very excited to now have a former solicitor sitting as Chief Justice of the highest court jurisdiction in the state”.

Justice Ferguson had an outstanding career as a solicitor engaged at the highest level in massive and complex litigation, Ms Wilson said. “Her Honour’s formidable intellect, personal work ethic and strength of character have stood her in great stead in her years on the Supreme Court bench.”

Justice Ferguson will take up her appointment as the 12th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in early October 2017, replacing retiring Chief Justice Marilyn Warren.

Justice Ferguson was admitted to legal practice in 1984. She studied law at Monash University, where she won the Supreme Court Prize for the top law student, and also holds a PhD in Law from the University of Southampton, where she specialised in unfair contracts.

She served as Honorary Secretary to the Council of Legal Education until 2008, and oversaw the transition to the re-constitution of the Council of Legal Education and the introduction of new Rules. 

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